Peck Slip Reconstruction

Recovering 19th century infrastructure while rebuilding the South Street Seaport

The Peck Slip Project Delivery Team
The Peck Slip Project Delivery Team
New York City's South Street Seaport, bordering the East River in lower Manhattan, has been the thriving site of trade, shipping, and local markets since the 18th century. The area, a National Register Historic District, was once home to the city's earliest brick marketplace, a network of docks and slips, and even one of George Washington's presidential residences. The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has been redeveloping the South Street Seaport area since 2005 to ensure adequate utility supply for the area's growing residential and business community, focused around Peck Slip and Fulton Street. Chrysalis has worked with DDC and Tectonic Engineering to provide detailed archaeological research, conduct excavations, and ensure the recovery of the Seaport District's historic past. Discoveries have included building foundations, wooden water pipes, the original seawall, as well as several thousand artifacts. Chrysalis' archaeological findings at Peck Slip have yielded valuable information about early New York's civic utility planning, construction methodology of wharves and landfill cribbing, and the nature of its early shipping industries.